Ammar Kalia is a writer, musician and journalist living in London. Since 2019, he has been the Guardian’s Global music critic and he has written for publications including The Observer, BBC, British Library and Downbeat. In 2020 he published a collection of poetry and an accompanying album, Kintsugi: Jazz Poems for Musicians Alive And Dead. He has an essay on music and identity in the collection Haramacy, due in May 2022. He was shortlisted for the Unbound Firsts Prize in 2022. He is currently working on his debut novel, telling the story of a family’s migration from Kenya to England over three separate days across six decades.